Title: Fighting Thru; or, California in 1878 Summary: Dan and Tennessee are successful gold miners. Ace Brady learns of their success and sends Fox to rob them. During the robbery Fox shoots Tennessee and Ace arrives to arrest Dan for the murder. Dan escapes but is now a wanted man. Directed by: William Nigh Actors: Ken Maynard, Jeanette Loff, Wallace MacDonald Production Company: Tiffany Productions Release Date: 25 December 1930 (USA) Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Miner Dan Barton (Ken Maynard) and his partner George Malden, known as "Tennessee", have hit a strike on their claim, and Dan returns to their cabin to find that Malden has departed to meet his sister, Alice (Jeanette Loff), who is arriving on the stage from Tennessee to join her brother. Dan knows that Malden has a weakness for drink, gambling and girls and follows him to town, where he finds him playing cards with gamblers Fox Tyson (Charles King) and saloon owner Ace Brady (William Thorne) who, with the aid of bar girl Queenie (Carmelita Geraghty), are well on their way to cheating him out of his share of the claim. Dan puts the stop to that, but Malden is killed by Tyson and Dan is framed for the killing. He escapes and saves Alice from a stagecoach disaster, and takes her to his and Malden's cabin, but doesn't let her know he is wanted for the death of her brother. But Ace and Tyson quickly inform her, and are well on their way to getting all of the Barton/Malden gold mine. The ...
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A Movie For Ken Maynard Fans
Early western talkie with Ken Maynard, who IMO talks like an early version of "Gomer Pyle," and, with his "aw shucks" manner, hasn't got a lot more sense. In this film he seems to always be at the wrong place at the wrong time and spends the entire film clearing his reputation while running down the bad guys. The script does its best to include a lot of clever things done by Tarzan, Maynard's horse. William L. Thorne has the twisted evil grin of a crook and Charles King does his best in his usual role as henchman. Willowy beauty Jeanette Loff is the love interest and Carmelita Geraghty is a bonus attraction as King's helpful lady friend. The movie gets padded out with a lot of riding back and forth. The sound is choppy and often out of sync with the picture and IMDB says it is 61 minutes, but we only have 58 minutes here. Should be 2 stars, but I'll give it 3 stars for effort.